Saturday, October 4, 2014

2014 Bald Head Island - Nature Abounds / Island Conservancy

The BHIC campus is near the Shoals Club 
Meet George the alligator
One thing that is clear when visiting Bald Head Island is that there are many areas for a nature enthusiast to enjoy. Beachcombers can spend all their time looking for sea shells and admiring the pelicans and shorebirds, and what's not to love about time spent on the beach.

BHI offers great diversity via geography
But for those willing to get on their golf cart and do a little exploring there are thick maritime forests waiting to be explored via hiking trails and neighborhood streets. Painted buntings love this scrub shrub habitat and I found a few bird feeders scattered across the island that were in place for their benefit.

Young buck that has been tagged on BHI
Ponds and nature preserves also hold large animals like alligators and white-tailed deer. The pristine beaches welcome large sea turtles to nest each summer, and they are considered an integral part of island life. The Bald Head Island Conservancy oversees a great deal of the wildlife on the island, and in particular heads up the sea turtle program, offering night time walks for visitors to look for turtle sign.
Birding trips to Ibis Pond are also on the Conservancy's To-Do list and they have a great educational center and gift shop too.

To view past blog entries about my September 2014 visit to Bald Head Island click here.

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